Charl Schwartzel ends drought with victory at Thailand Golf Championship
Charl Schwartzel was relieved to end his winless spell by capturing the Thailand Golf Championship by 11 shots.
Last Updated: 09/12/12 2:02pm
The South African's last victory had come 20 months ago in the 2011 Masters at Augusta but he broke the drought in emphatic style with an 11-shot win at Amata Spring Country Club.
Schwartzel had finished runner-up to runaway winner Lee Westwood in this event last year but this time it was his turn to dominate the field as he shot three 65s and a 68 to leave his rivals trailing.
"It's been a great week," said Schwartzel. "We had such a good time last year and obviously I came in second. I do know how the guys feel as I had the same feeling last year when I lost to Lee by quite a margin.
"I played some solid golf. I'm very happy," said Schwartzel, whose 11-shot winning margin was the third highest on the Asian Tour.
"It's always hard when you've won such a big tournament (and not win again). You go on a high and you feel that you can win all the ones that you play in. I came close a few times," he reflected.
"Winning is not as easy as everyone makes it out to be. You know, it's been quite hard work and it's been a difficult year especially in the middle (when he was injured). It's nice to put things in place and get the win that I've been looking for for a while."
The 28-year-old, who started the final round with a five-shot lead, said he never felt the result was in doubt.
"I always had it in the bag. Making one bogey the whole week pretty much sums up how I played. I played pretty flawless golf. After nine holes when I made the birdie on nine, I had a pretty decent cushion. I still kept doing what I was doing, hitting the shots.
"Walking down 14 and 15, you kind of know it's over. But it's still nice to hit good shots and hit the right shots and make more birdies."